Jeff Bader, a department head with New Mexico State University Extension, has been selected as Montana State University’s new Extension director, the university announced today.
As MSU Extension director, Bader will oversee a statewide educational outreach network that applies unbiased, research-based university resources to practical needs identified by the people of Montana in their home communities. MSU Extension has offices serving all 56 Montana counties and five Indian reservations in the state.
“Dr. Bader is an excellent choice to lead MSU Extension. He is well-regarded nationally, he has extensive experience in Extension from the ground up, and he has the leadership skill necessary to advance our programs across the state for the benefit of all Montanans,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado.
“Through MSU Extension, the entire state is our campus, and I am pleased that we have found someone to guide its broad range of activities, from providing our crop and livestock producers with valuable information, to preparing the future of Montana with our 4-H youth program, to strengthening our cities and towns through community development, to Extension's many other activities that reach into the homes and hearts of Montanans,” Cruzado said.
Bader is expected to start his position at MSU on Feb. 1.
"It is a great honor to have been selected as the next director of MSU Extension," Bader said. "MSU Extension’s prominence and success is the envy of many states. The work done by the faculty and staff is impactful and relevant to the people of Montana. I will work to ensure this remains true. My wife Donna and I are looking forward to this next chapter in our lives and becoming a part of the MSU community.”
Bader currently serves at the Northern District department head of the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, a post he has held since 2009. As department head, Bader oversees approximately 100 employees for the 13 counties of the Northern District in New Mexico.
Prior to being department head, Bader was director of the Bernalillo County Extension Program from 2003 to 2009. From 1991 to 2003, he was the director and agricultural agent for the Quay County Extension Program; from 1987 to 1991 he was the Extension 4-H agent for Santa Fe County; and from 1984 to 1987 he was the director of equine technology at El Reno Junior College in El Reno, Okla.
Bader earned a doctorate of education from New Mexico State University, where he also earned a master’s of science in animal science with an emphasis in livestock nutrition. His bachelor’s degree is also in animal science from NMSU.
“I also wish to thank Jill Martz for her service as interim MSU Extension director,” Cruzado said. “Dr. Martz brought a steady and reliable hand to Extension during the past 14 months, and we look forward to her many contributions to come. I also wish to thank the search committee, chaired by Dr. John Sherwood, for an exceptional job.”
MSU’s previous executive director of Extension was Douglas Steele, who left MSU in 2012 to return to his native Texas and become director of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Since Steele’s departure, Jill Martz, director of Montana 4-H, has served as interim director of Extension. Martz will continue in MSU Extension as associate director.
Bader was selected after a national search conducted by a 16-member search committee chaired by Sherwood, professor and head of the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology.
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